|2009 East Carolina Pirates football|
Liberty Bowl Champions
C-USA East Division Champions
|2009 record||9–5 (7–1 C-USA)|
|Head coach||Skip Holtz|
|Offensive coordinator||Todd Fitch|
|Defensive coordinator||Greg Hudson|
|Home stadium||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium|
The 2009 East Carolina Pirates football team represented East Carolina University in the college football season of 2009-10 and played their home games in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The team was coached by Skip Holtz, who was in his fifth and final year with the program. The 2009 Pirates were defending their first ever Conference USA Football Championship.
The Pirates finished the season 9–5, 7–1 in CUSA play, winning the East Division in their final regular season game against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 25-20, and won their second consecutive CUSA Championship Game 38–32 against the Houston Cougars in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Pirates were invited to their second consecutive Liberty Bowl where they were defeated by Arkansas 20–17 in overtime.
Before the seasonEdit
Purple/Gold Spring GameEdit
The annual Purple/Gold Spring Game was held in the spring during the PirateFest and Pigskin Pigout weekend activities on April 18 in downtown Greenville, NC and put the "Pirates" team led by Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Josh Jordan against the "ECU" team led by Senior Quarterback Patrick Pinkney. The ECU team defeated the Pirates team 31-10.
|September 5*||12:00 PM||#1 FCS Appalachian State||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC||MASN/WITN-TV||W 29–24||43,279|
|September 12*||3:30 PM||at West Virginia||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN360||L 20–35||59,216|
|September 19*||12:00 PM||at #19 North Carolina||Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN2||L 17–31||58,000|
|September 26||3:30 PM||UCF||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC||BHSN/WITN-TV||W 19–14||43,210|
|October 3||12:00 PM||at Marshall||Joan C. Edwards Stadium • Huntington, WV||CBSCS||W 21–17||26,814|
|October 10||8:00 PM||at SMU||Gerald J. Ford Stadium • Dallas, TX||MASN/WITN-TV||L 21–28||13,626|
|October 17†||3:30 PM||Rice||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC||MASN||W 49–13||43,023|
|October 27||8:00 PM||at Memphis||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN||ESPN2||W 38–19||4,117|
|November 5*||7:30 PM||#24 Virginia Tech||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC||ESPN||L 3–16||43,569|
|November 15||8:15 PM||at Tulsa||H.A. Chapman Stadium • Tulsa, OK||ESPN||W 44–17||17,453|
|November 21||3:30 PM||UAB||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC||MASN/WITN-TV||W 37–21||43,056|
|November 28||1:30 PM||Southern Miss||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC||CBSCS||W 25–20||43,006|
|December 5||12:00 PM||#18 Houston||Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, NC (C-USA Championship)||ESPN2||W 38–32||33,048|
|January 2||5:30 PM||vs. Arkansas||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN (AutoZone Liberty Bowl)||ESPN||L 17–20 OT||62,742|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
|Position||Name||Years at ECU||Alma Mater|
|Head Coach:||Skip Holtz||5th||Notre Dame '86|
|Todd Fitch||3rd||Ohio Wesleyan '86|
|Greg Hudson||4th||Notre Dame '90|
Offensive Linemen Coach:
|Steve Shankweiler||5th(15th overall)||Davidson '74|
|Assistant Head Coach/|
Defensive Backs Coach
|Rick Smith||5th||Florida State '71|
|Director of Strength & Conditioning||Michael Golden||4th||Central Connecticut State '92|
|Defensive End Coach/|
|Vernon Hargreaves||3rd||Connecticut '86|
|Wide Receiver Coach/|
|Donnie Kirkpatrick||5th||Lenoir-Rhyne '82|
|Tight Ends Coach:||Phil Petty||5th||South Carolina '01|
|Director of HS Football Relations||Harold Robinson||6th||East Carolina '72|
|Defensive Tackle Coach||Thomas Roggeman||5th||Notre Dame '85|
|Running Backs Coach||Junior Smith||5th||East Carolina '97|
|Director of Operations||Clifford Snow||5th||Central Connecticut State '83|
|Director of Football Administration||Reed Case||1st||Ohio ‘95|
|Administrative Assistant to Coach Holtz||Ryan Mills||6th||North Carolina '02|
|Administrative Assistant||Ann Coyle||3rd||East Carolina '06|
|Offensive Staff Assistant Coach||Dwayne Ledford||2nd||East Carolina '00|
|Defensive Staff Assistant Coach||Chris Bland||1st||Elon '08|
|Poll||Pre||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 14||Final|
The Pirates renewed their rivalry with their former Southern Conference opponent for the first time since 1979. The Mountaineers led the all-time series 19-10, but the two schools had only played once since the split of Division I college football, with the Pirates defeating the Mountaineers 38-21 in 1979. This marked the first time since 2001 that the Pirates have played a school from the Football Championship Subdivision. After being dominated in the first half, Appalachian State staged a comeback but fell short after a sack and a blocked pass with seconds left in the 4th Quarter. ECU would hold on to win 29-24, improving their record against the Mountaineers to 11-19.
The Pirates went to Morgantown, WV to take on the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl Champion West Virginia Mountaineers, who remained undefeated at home in this series and led the all-time record 17-3. Last year, East Carolina blew out West Virginia 24-3 in Greenville. After going up 10-0 early in the first half, the Pirates would enter the second half trailing by 1, but the Mountaineers would pull ahead to win 35-20, improving their record to 18-3.
The Pirates travel to Chapel Hill, NC to face their in-state rival North Carolina. In 2007, the Pirates beat the Tar Heels with a last second field goal to win the game 34-31. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 8-2-1.
The Pirates head back to West Virginia to face the Thundering Herd of Marshall. The Pirates won last year 19-16 in Greenville, NC after one overtime and lead the all-time series 7-3. In 2007, the Herd spoiled the Pirates' hopes in Huntington for a spot in the Conference USA championship.
The Pirates face the Mustangs of Southern Methodist in Dallas, TX. The last time the two schools played was in Greenville, NC in 2006, where the Pirates won 38-21. East Carolina has won both games played in this series.
The Pirates face the 2008 Texas Bowl Champion Rice Owls at home. The two teams are tied in the series 1-1 after the Owls spoiled the Pirates' hopes to clinch the Conference USA East Division and participate in the Conference USA Football Championship in 2006.
For the first time since 2000, the 2009 Orange Bowl Champion Hokies make the trip to Greenville, NC. Last year, the Hokies and Pirates squared off in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, with the Pirates winning 27-22 after a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nominated blocked punt was returned by T.J. Lee. The Hokies lead the all time series 9-5.
In a rematch of the 2008 Conference USA Football Championship, the Pirates travel to Tulsa, OK to face the Golden Hurricane. Last year, the Pirates defeated the Golden Hurricane 27-24. Tulsa leads the all-time series 5-3.
The Pirates faced the UAB Blazers at home in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. In 2008 the Pirates defeated the Blazers in Birmingham, AL for the first time in this series' history. The two schools are tied in the all-time series 4-4.
The Pirates will be hosting the rival Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Of the 34 games played in this series, the Pirates have only won 8. Last year, the Golden Eagles beat the Pirates 21-3 in Hattiesburg, MS.
2009 Conference USA ChampionshipEdit
2010 AutoZone Liberty BowlEdit
NFL Draft PicksEdit
- Linval Joseph - Round 2: 14th (46th Overall) - New York Giants
- Matt Dodge - Round 7: 14th (221st Overall) - New York Giants
- C.J. Wilson - Round 7: 23rd (230th Overall) - Green Bay Packers
- Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Year: Dwayne Harris, Jr. KR
- Oct. 19 Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week - Dwayne Harris, Jr. KR
- Nov. 16 Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week - Emanuel Davis, So. DB
- Nov. 23 Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week - Dwayne Harris, Jr. KR
- Nov. 30 Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week - Ben Hartman, Sr. K
- ESPN The Magazine University CoSIDA Academic All-America team - Sean Allen, Sr. OL
- Sporting News Second-Team All America - Matt Dodge, Sr. P
- Rivals.com Third-Team All America - Matt Dodge, Sr. P
- Sports Illustrated Second-Team All-America - Matt Dodge, Sr. P
- CollegeFootballNews Second-Team All-America - Matt Dodge, Sr. P
- Phil Steele Magazine Fourth-Team All America - Matt Dodge, Sr. P
- ↑ "26th Annual Great Pirate Purple/Gold Pigskin Pig-Out Party". East Carolina University. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090417150115/http://ecupirates.cstv.com/ot/ecu-pig-out-party.html. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- ↑ "ECU Tops Pirates In Spring Game, 31-10". East Carolina University. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090422165001/http://ecupirates.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041809aaa.html. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- ↑ "Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292480151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "East Carolina Pirates vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292550277. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "East Carolina Pirates vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292620153. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "UCF Knights vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292690151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "East Carolina Pirates vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292760276. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "East Carolina Pirates vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292832567. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "Rice Owls vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292900151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "East Carolina Pirates vs. Memphis Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293000235. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "Virginia Tech Hokies vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293090151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "East Carolina Pirates vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293190202. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "UAB Blazers vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293250151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293320151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "Houston Cougars vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293390151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ "Arkansas Razorbacks vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=300020151. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 It is possible to receive votes in certain polls but not be officially ranked in the Top 25. Rankings of 26 and greater indicate the team has received votes, but not enough to be featured in the Top 25.
- ↑ "Future East Carolina Pirates Schedules". College Football Palace. January 11, 2009. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090105185621/http://cfbpalace.net/eastcarolina.html. Retrieved January 11, 2009.